job: senior organizer, New York, with salary info
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Fri Feb 1 11:26:23 CST 2008
Sondra Youdelman <sondra at cvhaction.org>
Senior Organizer/ Sustainable Communities
Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a 12 year-old membership organization of
low-income people working together to influence policy change around
issues that impact low-income families’ lives.
We were started as a welfare rights organization and have since evolved
to work more broadly on economic justice. Our current work focuses on
the issues of welfare reform, workforce development, public housing
preservation & improvement, and accountable development. CVH uses a
combination of strategies including base building & mobilization,
leadership development, direct-action, legislative & advocacy,
grassroots-driven research, media & public education, voter education &
engagement, and coalition building to lead campaigns to win benefits for
our membership of low-income families.
Our NYC office is located in East Harlem/ El Barrio and we have
additional sites in three other small cities in New York State - Yonkers
(Westchester County), Newburgh (Orange County), and Poughkeepsie
CVH is seeking an experienced organizer to build and direct the
organization’s work around community and economic development in Harlem.
The position will work to build a policy-oriented organizing campaign to
address concerns of long-term community residents around the shifting
nature of their community and the lack of voice they feel they have
within the evolution.
While the organization has been located in Harlem for many years and has
a solid base of Upper Manhattan residents, particularly public housing
residents, work to date around community and economic development has
been limited. Leaders have identified this issue area as a critical
component to add to our work given the dramatic changes they are
witnessing occurring in their communities.
The responsibilities of the position will include:
· *Base Building & Mobilization: *Doing strategic outreach in Harlem
(East, Central and West) and coordinating members and leaders to do the
same; moving individuals met to participate in meetings, trainings,
· *Campaign Development, Planning & Implementation: *Facilitating issue
identification and the process of narrowing in on campaign goals,
demands, strategies and tactics for a local campaign; facilitating
campaign planning process and subsequent implementation.
· *Campaign Research: *Conducting background research on topics (e.g.
zoning regulations, development approval processes, community benefits
agreements, etc.) and targets pertinent to the campaign.
· *Committee Development: *Pulling together and staffing an organizing
committee of local leaders to determine the focus of a campaign and then
make ongoing decisions regarding the campaign’s direction; providing
critical background information to leadership team so as to facilitate
· *Leadership Development: *Building the skills of active membership to
understand the political underpinnings of the campaign (i.e. legal &
policy context, power analysis, etc.) and to take on more and more roles
in the campaign (i.e. giving testimony, facilitating meetings,
conducting outreach, etc.) through both one-on-one development and
· *Coalition & Stakeholder Work: *Working with ally organizations and
networks in the community, city, and beyond to move forward campaign
goals and demands.
The organization is seeking a senior level organizer that while building
this campaign can also join the management team of the organization,
contributing to shaping the overall organizational direction and
strategy. There is the potential for the position to develop and grow
into one that includes supervision of other organizers and statewide
This is a full-time position that begins on March 1^st , 2008 (or
shortly thereafter). The Senior Organizer/ Sustainable Communities will
work as part of a staff leadership team that includes the Senior
Organizer/ Voter Project Director, the Policy & Research Coordinator,
and the Executive Director.
The position will be based in NYC but will require occasional out-of-NYC
travel to other CVH offices.
* Applicants must be committed to ideology of building community
power & share our commitment to membership grassroots
decision-making, radical politics & our theory of social change.
* Minimum 3 years community organizing, union organizing, political
organizing, and/ or legislative issue advocacy experience required.
* Experience in base building, door knocking, one-on-ones,
leadership development, mobilization, strategy and campaign
development & implementation essential.
* Ability to work independently, yet take direction, according to
goals of the organization.
* Experience supervising &/ or managing other staff and working in
teams a plus.
* Spanish language skills are strongly desired, but not required.
Please send resume and cover letter to Sondra Youdelman, Community
Voices Heard 170 East 116^th Street, #1e, New York, NY 10029 or email
sondra at cvhaction.org <mailto:sondra at cvhaction.org>. If sending an email,
make sure to put “Senior Organizer/ Sustainable Communities” in the
CVH is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ
individuals, and people with current/ past experience on public
assistance or residency in public housing are strongly encouraged to
apply. For more information please check out our web page at:
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will
begin (on a rolling basis) starting in mid-February.
*_Salary / Benefits_**:*
Salary depends on experience (DOE); senior level organizer salary range
starts at $40K. Excellent benefits include health insurance (medical,
dental, vision), short- and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical
policy, 403(b) retirement program, personal & sick days, generous
vacation leave, and holiday time off. Organizing staff is also
reimbursed for ½ of a monthly metro card as well as train fare and/ or
mileage used for travel to/ from other offices.
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